HOME IS WHERE THE heART IS
Treason Gallery, Seattle
This show immediately presented itself to me as an opportunity to be introspective - to throw on the brakes and look back at some of the images and icons that shaped my work from the outset. I wanted to combat the idea that nostalgia is the enemy of progress. Appropriately applied past experience can be one of the most useful tools a person has, and personally I’ve always been a “don’t fix what ain’t broke” kinda guy anyway. As for this being my first show in Seattle, I think it’s a fitting contrast of old meets new, and it’s a city that really resonates with the anti-establishment mentality that’s always been at the core of my work. I remember discovering Nirvana, hearing them for the first time on a rare Australian import and then seeing that iconic set on Top of The Pops years later - just like the Sex Pistols on the Bill Grundy show - one massive middle finger to society. I see it now like rotting the apple from the inside out… nobody seemed to notice that this lovely green apple was slowly being eaten away from the inside, and then WHAM! out we burst, this bunch of maggots set on defacing the facade of purity. Seattle was an undeniable centre in all that - it’s about time I pay the city a visit to honour that history.